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Why Warm Up ?
For many of us, we used to be able to hop out of the car, go straight to the first tee and rip a drive down the middle of the fairway. Now by skipping a warm-up before a round of golf may mean it takes us 4 or 5 holes before you loosen up and gain your form and by that time your score may already be ruined. Here is a quick and easy pre-round warm-up exercise to help you avoid those big numbers on the scorecard.
The point of a warm up is to elevate your heart rate to get your blood flowing to warm muscles so they are loose and supple to make it is easier to swing. You can do this warm-up at your house before your round of golf, if you don’t have a long drive to the golf course or on the driving range. Don’t be embarrassed to do the routine, it couldn’t more humiliating than topping your drive off the first tee.
There are many ways to warm-up like jogging, doing jumping jacks or even taking practice swings, but this exercise targets golf-specific muscles.
Golf-Specific Warm Up Exercise
One of the most important movements in golf is the squat position. You set up in a squat position at address position and you want to maintain that squat throughout the swing.
To squat properly, you need leg strength. Leg strength will also help you transfer body weight onto the lead leg and to extend the hips up through impact. This move creates a tremendous amount of force to help create power.
So if you want power in your swing, you should be squatting everyday.
- Stand in a shoulder width stance holding a club in both hands.
- Raise your arms above your head (optional).
- Lower your rear-end backwards towards the floor as you maintain a straight back.
- Try to lower your thighs parallel to the ground.
- Slowing stand up and repeat.
- Do 8 to 10 repetitions.
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